CITIZEN SAFETY CALL-IN PROGRAM: There are many people in Ocean Shores who are living alone. Of these people, many are in need of someone to check in with them on a regular basis to be sure that they are safe. Pastor Alice Hedges of the Ocean Shores United Methodist Church has put together a program with the assistance of the Ministerial Association and the Visitor Information Center to establish a “call program” where vulnerable adults can call in on a daily basis to let someone know they are doing as well as can be expected. People who live alone may not be able to get to the phone to call out if they fall or are ill. That could mean they are unable to get help when help is needed and could possibly be left for several days until someone from the outside might check on the them. To qualify for this program an individual must be a resident of Ocean Shores; be able to provide at least two emergency/family contacts that are willing to be called if necessary; and be willing and able to call in between 10 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. daily. If you would like to participate or have any questions please call (360) 289-0201.
SENIOR INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE/O3A: We look forward to serving you from our offices located at 2700 Simpson Ave., Aberdeen. You supply the questions and we supply the information. We are an information resource for seniors 60 and older. You may stop by for assistance and/or a Senior Resource Directory for Grays Harbor or Pacific County, or call our office at (360) 532-0520 or 1-800-801-0060 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may access additional information by visiting our web site, http://www.o3a.org/. Thank you for your support.
MEDICARE ANNUAL ENROLLMENT: The annual Medicare enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2012. This is the chance for you to review any changes you would like to make to your Medicare Advantage Plan and/or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan and select your plan for 2013. The SHIBA Helpline can help you understand changes and find the best plan for you. Mark your calendar today to call us during the new Annual Enrollment Period. Please call Kathy at (360) 538-2443 or Dave at (360) 538-2444 or toll free 1-800-801-0060. The SHIBA Helpline is a free, unbiased service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner offering healthcare coverage counseling, advocacy, assistance and education. It is hosted locally by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging to assist community members to access affordable healthcare.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY: This class, developed by AARP, is designed especially for motorists 50 and older. Drivers under age 55 may also qualify; check with your insurance company. It covers a wide range of driving situations. There are no tests. A nominal fee of $14 per person is required. AARP members (proof of membership required) can receive a $2 discount. Class size is limited and they are offered on a first come first serve basis, so pre-registration is required. Most classes are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. To register, or for further information, call the phone number listed for the class you would like to attend. WESTPORT VFW: Nov. 12 and 13. To register call AnnMarie Loubal at (360) 268-9474.
FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: The Family Caregiver Support Group is for any family caregiver of a disabled or elder adult, welcoming caregivers to share, obtain support and realize they are not alone in their caregiver journey. They meet the third Friday of the month at the Hoquiam Timberland Library, downstairs meeting room. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Questions? Please call Eric at (360) 538-2458. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by calling Eric Nessa at (360) 538-2458.
ELMA SENIOR CENTER: Sat. Nov. 17, Holiday Bazaar, featuring holiday crafts, baked goods and many other items too numerous to mention. Also, there will be a spaghetti luncheon that day, which will include spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread and dessert. The cost will be $3.50. Dec. 31 there will be a New Years Eve special bingo, which will include a potluck. This celebration will be a lot of fun, so come join us for a safe and sane new years eve. Bingo every Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. Snack bar available. Also, the Elma Sr. Center sponsors a free charter bus for seniors to the Red Wind Casino in Yelm on the second Monday of the month. The bus will pick up seniors at the Elma Senior Center. For scheduled times and locations or more information please call the Elma Senior Center at (360) 482-2377 or 1-800-255-9769.
HARBORS HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE: Memorial gathering. The 20th annual Harbors Home Health and Hospice (HHHH) Memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at the Rotary Log Pavilion beginning at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend this free of charge memorial gathering to honor loved ones who have died during this past year. For those who are experiencing grief, the holidays are often a difficult time. HHHH offers this memorial gathering as a time for sharing feelings of loss and sadness and for remembering the gifts of those no longer with us. The “Livin’ Harmony” quartet will provide music and featured speakers will include the new CEO of HHHH, Joel Stephens and the Rev. David Monsen, Chaplain, who is also new to the agency. Following the Memorial, a reception with light refreshments will provide an opportunity to greet our staff and connect with neighbors and friends. HHHH welcomes Memorial gifts, especially during this holiday time and offers as a thank you for gifts of $50.00 or more a fine china tree ornament crafted and hand painted by Lenox. Memorial giving is one way that our professional staff can continue to provide dedicated and compassionate care to our patients. Our hospice services are available to persons who have been diagnosed with a life threatening terminal illness and their families. The hospice care team, made up of skilled nurses and aides, medical social workers and chaplains, is committed to assisting patients and families to live life to its fullest in a way that honors their values and free of pain. For information about home health or hospice services or to give a memorial gift, please call HHHH at (360) 532-5454.Toll Free 1-800-772-1319.
HOQUIAM SENIOR CENTER: Will be hosting a Vendor/Craft Fair on Sat. Dec. 1, 2012 at the Senior Center, 707 Simpson Ave., Hoquiam. Lunch will be available 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. For more information or to be a vendor please call Stephanie Glover at (360) 532-5868.
GRAYS HARBOR P.U.D. DISCOUNT PROGRAM: The P.U.D. has designed a discount program to assist Senior and Disabled Citizens with their energy costs. If you are 62 years of age or disabled and meet certain income guidelines, you may qualify for reduced electricity bills. Contact the P.U.D. Customer Service Department at (360) 532-4220 or 1-800-562-7726 for more information.
SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION: Do you need to submit proof of Social Security income for renewal of energy assistance, subsidized housing, or exemption from property taxes? Social Security makes it easy for you to get the written verification you need at www.socialsecurity.gov. Just look in the left column under “What you can do online,” expand the “If you get benefits” section, and select the “Request a Proof of Income letter” link. In addition to offering proof of your income, the letter is an official document that verifies your Medicare coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. From the time that you complete the online request, it will take about 10 days for you to receive the proof of income letter in the mail.
ADULT ABUSE HOTLINE/ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: If there is any questionable abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to call toll free at 1-877-734-6277.
Source: Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Senior Information & Assistance. Please visit our website at http://www.o3a.org/